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Peya/Soares Save 1 M.P. To Win Barcelona Title

Barcelona, Spain

Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares won two matches on Sunday at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, saving a championship point in the process to lift their second team trophy of the season.

Peya and Soares first took out second-seeded home favourites Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez 6-3, 6-4 before battling past No. 3 seeds Robert Lindstedt and Daniel Nestor 5-7, 7-6(7), 10-4. Peya and Soares erased match point at 5-6 in the second set tie-break en route to completing the comeback win in one hour and 44 minutes.

“Every week you win a tournament, it's something special,” Peya said. “We lost in the first round in our last two tournaments and we got through a tough first round here. We started to play better and better. Today was just a very good day. I think we performed well the whole day. 

“It's always tough when there are rainy conditions and you wait around. But it's the same for everybody and it can happen at any tournament. Unfortunately it happened this week. I think the tournament did a great job to get it done. The courts were in very good shape. It was weird to play two matches in a row, but we are very happy.”

The Austrian/Brazilian duo added to their earlier season triumph in Sao Paulo and picked up their second ATP World Tour 500 crown (Tokyo 2012). Soares also won the title in Auckland with Colin Fleming.

“It was a great week. It was very strange and different,” said Soares. “We played in a lot of sun the first two matches and then had to wait three days to play in the semi-finals. 

“Today, we played two unbelievable matches. In the final, they played really well and fought hard. But we stayed positive and played our best at the end. We're going to Munich tomorrow and then Madrid and Rome. We're playing and feeling good, so we're hoping to keep that up.”

Lindstedt and Nestor were bidding to win their first trophy together. They overcame Spaniards David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco 4-6, 7-6(6), 10-3 in the semi-finals.


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